When you are pregnant, a lot happens in your body. One of the changes you may experience is low blood pressure. Usually this is not a cause for concern, but it is something to keep an eye on. In this article we explain what low blood pressure during pregnancy means, what the possible causes are, the symptoms and how you can deal with it.
What Causes Low Blood Pressure During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy brings many changes. One is lower blood pressure. This is often due to an increase in the hormone progesterone, which causes blood vessel walls to relax. This is a normal and healthy part of pregnancy and helps to facilitate blood flow to the baby.
Symptoms and risks of low blood pressure during pregnancy
Many women with low blood pressure during pregnancy do not notice this. But some women may experience dizziness, fainting, fatigue, nausea, or difficulty concentrating. While this can be uncomfortable, these symptoms usually don't pose a serious risk to you or the baby. But if symptoms are severe or come on suddenly, it's important to seek medical attention right away.
Dealing with low blood pressure during pregnancy
Low blood pressure during pregnancy can often be controlled with lifestyle changes. Think, for example, of eating small meals regularly, not standing for too long and getting up slowly from a sitting or lying position. In addition, regular exercise and drinking water can also help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
The importance of a good blood pressure monitor
It is very important to check your blood pressure regularly during pregnancy. This can be done with a validated blood pressure monitor that is specially designed for pregnant women, such as the iHealth Track upper arm blood pressure monitor. These meters are designed to take accurate readings so you and your doctor can keep a close eye on your health. If you would like advice on which blood pressure monitor best suits your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help you make the best choice for you and your baby.